Formerly called "Diannan Pool", Dian Lake is situated southwest of the city proper of Kunming. Dianchi Lake is, beyond question, the center of the resort. There are numerous attractions along the lake captivating tourists. Among these are the Yunnan Ethnic Villages, Daguan Park, Baiyukou Park, Haigeng Bank, Kwan-yin Hill, Xishan Forest Park, temples and pagodas. Towns, big or small near the lake provide visitors with an opportunity to experience customs of the local people.
It's mainly for scenic touring and hiking, and there are some fabulous aerial views from the ridges at Dragon Gate in Xishan.